Chelsea Girl

A Rejuvenating Facial at QMS MediCosmetics

by Chelsea Girl on February 25, 2013

Since I started swimming again and because of the inconsistent weather we are having, my skin seems to be suffering a little. Windy cold weather outdoors and turned up central heating indoors, mixed with an unhealthy dose of chlorine means that my skin has been quite dehydrated recently. So as I popped along to QMS Medicosmetics to review one of their facials, I already knew that they would have quite a task.

Located off the King’s Road, opposite Peter Jones’s side entrance on Cadogan Gardens, QMS Medicosmetics’ almost futuristic interior can be found in one of the most traditional terraced buildings in Chelsea. Visually speaking, the spa’s location mirrors the technology of its products that have been developed with care and attention over time; a juxtaposition of the past and the future.

QMS MedicosmeticsOn Friday afternoon, I visited the spa to have a Deep Cleansing Intense Treatment with the added QMS Medicosmetics Oxygen Concentrator.

QMS Medicosmetics The first step was to cleanse and tone my skin, followed by an exfoliation. But there was no abrasive action on my skin. Instead an exfoliant fluid was used with fruit acids. I had had a similar procedure performed on my face at the Red Door Salon at Saks 5th Avenue (New York City) a few years ago; even the odour of the fluid was familiar. But that’s where comparison to any facial I’ve ever had ends.

The foundation of QMS Cosmetics’s products is based on the works of its innovator, Dr. med. Erich Schulte, who has developed collagen enhancing technology for his regenerative skincare range.

QMS MedicosmeticsThis meant that by the end of my treatment, my face was hopefully going to feel hydrated and nourished as if winter had passed me by without barely touching my skin. Or so I hoped. ;) It also meant that the skincare medical products that were going to be used on my skin were engineered from revolutionary techniques that evolved from Dr. med. Erich Schulte’s work as a cosmetic surgeon.

My facial involved deep cleansing with the aid of a steam machine as well as an algae face mask that helped to lift the deeply rooted impurities from my skin. Following a few extractions, oxygen was then blown over my skin; the subtle odour made this procedure feel more pleasurable than medical. And after almost 75-minutes, day collagen serum was applied.

When I left the spa and its friendly staff, my skin did feel fresh and regenerated. But it wasn’t really until the next day that I could appreciate the full ‘glow’. I feel like my skin has been rehabilitated and I’m more determined than ever to keep my skin nourished through the remaining weeks of winter that we have left. Let’s hope spring comes soon!

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2TB, 020 7730 8090.

*The treatment was complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

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Tequila Heaven at Tonteria

by Chelsea Girl on February 22, 2013

So apparently it’s National Margarita Day today, which means I cannot let this Friday end without a post on Chelsea’s very own tequila bar, Tonteria.

TonteriaLocated in a basement on Sloane Square, Tonteria is a must-go for all tequila fans. My first visit was with a tequila aficionado from Mexico, so she knew exactly what she was looking for. I, on the other hand, am not such an expert on tequila brands but having tried a fair amount of margaritas around the world in my time I consider my tastebuds well-trained. ;)

TonteriaThe tequila menu at Tonteria is long; I hadn’t realised there was so much to tequila. But in the end, my friend and I decided on her favourite tipple, Don Julio, which we didn’t knock back as a shot. Instead we sipped the tequila as if we were savouring a fine whiskey; that’s how it’s done in Mexico.

Tequila at TonteriaThe margarita menu also spoils you for choice and I can wholeheartedly recommend trying something from it. The margaritas we tried had the right balance of flavours and bite.

Margarita at TonteriaA railway track also runs around the ceiling of the bar, delivering tequila shots to tables of which there are a few. But there aren’t so many tables that you could just walk in and nab one, unless it’s obviously a quiet night. So I would recommend booking a table, especially if you want to grab a seat and try Tonteria’s food menu. After around 10pm, the bar/restaurant turns into club when the tequila vibe takes on a whole other meaning, the Sloane Square way.

Happy National Margarita Day! *clink!*

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Trying Wahanda For The First Time

by Chelsea Girl on February 21, 2013

Almost a couple of years ago I had the shortest fringe and I mean short. I guess subconsciously I was angling for the Audrey Tautou Amelie look, although I can guarantee you mine wasn’t nearly as chic. Nevertheless, I couldn’t go to a hairdresser without giving my fringe another severe chop. So at some point I decided to avoid hairdressers altogether, so I could grow out my fringe. And given how fast my hair grows, this meant my hair became quite long quite quickly.

This long to be precise …

My hair - BeforeSo when Wahanda offered me the opportunity to review their site and services, I decided that perhaps it was time to go for some kind of chop.

Before now, I had never tried a voucher service when booking a beauty treatment. I do follow Wahanda on Twitter because I like the way they interact with their followers. But I had yet to try their website.

The remit for my review was simple: just somewhere in the Kensington Area, which meant anywhere from South Kensington to North Kensington. So you can imagine, there were a lot of places and thus special offers to consider.

Trying to find somewhere to book was a bit of challenge. At first I didn’t know where to pick. Then I decided to look at the reviews and based on the positive feedback and number of stars, I finally decided on Gravity on Ladbroke Grove.

Gravity Health and BeautyAnd I wasn’t disappointed. Admittedly my hair is quite easy to treat. It’s straight and thick, so it is low maintenance but I also enjoyed the friendly service at Gravity. Jason took his time and was considerate. He even snapped a couple of photos for me.

This is the after photo; so much hair ended up on the ground.

My hair - ShortThe ease of finding somewhere to have my haircut through Wahanda was emphasised by its online booking system, which was so simple to navigate. All I had to do was click on a date on the calendar; click on a time; and input my details. I then received a confirmation email for my appointment. Yep that’s right, I made my booking when it suited me and in a quick moment.

So all in all, I was very happy with my experience and of course with my haircut.

www.wahanda.com 

*The treatment was complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

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Megan’s Deli and Restaurant

by Chelsea Girl on February 20, 2013

So Megan’s has opened up a new deli/restaurant further along the King’s Road, towards the Chelsea Town Hall. And at first I wasn’t so sure if this was a wise decision because there are some addresses on the King’s Road that seem to be perpetually having new businesses move in and months later move out: Megan’s had sprung up at one of these units.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantBut when I popped in to try out Megan’s new venue, I realised that my superstitions were obviously invalid. Megan’s new location was busy, busier than the fromagerie which had been here beforehand. Locals and passers-by knew exactly where to find Megan’s new address.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantHere, the food which you can order to take-away from the deli counter or to eat at a table include salads and quiches.

Megan's Deli and Restaurant

Megan's Deli and RestaurantOr you can order from the brunch and lunch menu …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantThe cakes are also very yummy…

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAnd I love the attention to detail with the décor …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAlong this strip of the King’s Road, you are quite spoilt for choice with Le Pain Quotidien and Gail’s Bakery only doors away. But if you are looking for somewhere that has a more personal/less chainy feel whilst producing food that is freshly made each day, with good ingredients, I wholeheartedly recommend that you check out Megan’s. It’s a bonafide local gem. x

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My Favourite Theatre Director At The Roundhouse

by Chelsea Girl on February 19, 2013

I first discovered Robert Lepage’s work at the National Theatre when he brought Needles and Opium to London and ever since then I’ve been under the spell of this Quebecois director.

So needless to say, I was over the moon to hear that Lepage and his theatre company Ex Machina were returning to London with a new play. Playing Cards 1: Spades, with Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds to come.

Playing Cards: Spades - Robert Lepage

Used to seeing Lepage’s work at the National Theatre and having seen The Dragon Trilogy at The Barbican, it was a refreshing change to watch his latest play at the Roundhouse. I love this venue and the last time I had been here was for the Gorillaz gig a couple of years ago; so it had been a while.

Spades is set in the round, which creates a sense of intimacy that is relevant to the storytelling of the play: several lives cross paths inside a Las Vegas hotel/casino and as an audience, we become voyeurs into the characters’ deepest and darkest secrets.

The Roundhouse - Robert Lepage

Every angle of the character is exposed whilst the stage mechanics manage to transport us from the Nevada desert to the different hotel rooms where the action takes place. The stage transforms itself from a spa jacuzzi to a hotel bar seamlessly.

But Lepage’s wizardry isn’t purely technical. The characters’ journeys are mesmerising and the choreography on stage hypnotising.

Here is a little taster …

And here is a video with reactions from some of the audience …

After watching the production that night, the audience were very fortunate to be able to watch Lepage being interviewed live on stage. Lepage discussed his working practice with Ex Machina as well as the development process of Spades. It was also fascinating to listen to Lepage talk about his evolution as an artist and the reasons why he decided to step away from the proscenium arch and onto the round stage, in order to break down the invisible barrier between the performers and the audience by getting rid of the fourth wall altogether.

For Lepage fans expecting to see theatricality reliant on projection screens, you may be disappointed by this production because Lepage has consciously moved away from filmic devices to aid his storytelling. Instead, Spades is a continuous work in progress that looks to examine the human condition through the lives of his characters and therefore it is ever evolving.

Robert Lepage is one of the most fascinating visionaries of our time and this is why I don’t mind my expectations being thwarted. The basis of good drama is the element of surprise and Lepage always manages to provide this, even if at times you’re not sure where he’s leading you. His theatre is pure theatricality that immerses you into another world. It is pure escapism on a dream-state level and I, for one, cannot wait for him to return to London with the next three playing cards.

Playing Cards 1: Spades runs until 2nd March at the Roundhouse.

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